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Contenant plus de cent soixante planches gravées à l'eau-forte, & à l'imitation des dessins lavés au bistre; le tout d'après ses compositions, representant divers Costumes & Habillemens de différens Peuples du Nord, où ce célèbre Artiste et sejourné quelque temps.

Stock Code 84164

Bazan, Paris, 1782

Original price $16,129.00 - Original price $16,129.00
Original price $16,129.00
$16,129.00 - $16,129.00
Current price $16,129.00
Russian life and costumes. A fine example of these beautiful engravings, here in the rarer folio version, entirely uncut.

The painter and engraver Jean-Baptiste Le Prince (1734-1781) was a pupil of Boucher and Vien. He is credited with being the first artist to work in aquatint (in 1768), and the present publication contains more than 70 plates in that manner. The subjects represented are almost exclusively Russian: Le Prince spent indeed five years in Russia (1759-64), where, among other projects, he contributed to Chappe d'Auteroche's 'Voyage en Sibérie'.

The suites contained in the collection are as follows:
Divers habillements des prêtres de Russie (10 plates) - Les Strelits (8 plates) - Divers ajustements et usages de Russie (10 plates) - Suite de divers habillements des peuples du Nord (6 plates) - Première suite de cris et divers marchands de Petersbourg et de Moscou (6 plates) - 2me suite de cris et divers marchands de Russie (6 plates) - III suite de divers cris de marchands de Russie (6 plates) - Divers habillements des femmes de Moscovie (6 plates) - II suite d'habillement des femmes de Moscovie (6 plates) - Habillements de diverses nations (6 plates) - Various subjects (10 plates) - I suite de Coiffures (6 plates) - II suite d'habillements de diverses nations (6 plates) - Various subjects (62 plates) including Les Sens (5 plates), Le Roue vertueux (6 plates) for the book by Coqueley de Chaussepierre; La vertu au cabaret, La Musicienne; L'Adoration des anges d'après Vienet, La Maîtresse d'école d'après Boucher, the only "hommage" to his teachers by Le Prince, Les Nouvellistes, Le Poele, les Oeufs cassés, Le Berceau, La Ferme, La Pompe, Le Cabaret de Moskou, Vue des environs de Nerva, Les Filets, etc., etc. Eleven large plates; Jesus dans le Temple, I Pastoral, II Pastoral, Les Batteaux russes, Le Coche d'eau, La Récréation champêtre, La Danse russe, Les Pécheurs, Les Laveuses, Le Repos, and O Fortunatos minimum.

The work was originally advertised to have more than 160 plates but although copies vary the most complete we have traced is 157 plates on 62 leaves.

Folio. Title-page, 154 original subjects, printed on 59 leaves consisting of 80 etchings (on 29 leaves) and 74 aquatints (on 30 leaves); occasional light spotting and waterstaining. Uncut in modern calf antique, spine with raised bands gilt in compartments.

Cohen, 625-27; Colas, 1850; Lipperheide, 1339; Solovev Kat. 105, 367 (150 rub., only 124 subjects in recent binding).

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LE PRINCE, Jean-Baptiste.

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